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Digital literacies required for the 21st century workplace


I’m in the process of creating a cable/online introductory Computer Science course. Basically the outcomes of the course are for students to decide and apply digital literacies required for the 21st century workplace. From an employer’s point of view what digital literacies do you look for when you are hiring employees?

The course will be based on a scenario where students perform real-world activities found in the workplace. What examples of real-world activities are critical for students to become digitally literate and employable?

As you can see I'm looking for help please!

Greg Walker

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Comment by Daniel Leuck on December 1, 2010 at 4:51pm
Aloha Greg. Our requirements differ depending on the position. For administrative people we require what you are already teaching - Windows, Office and Google Apps. Project managers need to learn additional apps such as Confluence (our wiki), Jira (our bug tracking) and various project management tools.

The data inflation problem you mention and the need for filtering is important for analysts. I suppose you could cover things such as what is an organic search result versus a paid result and how to identify reliable sources (i.e. Wikipedia articles with relevant citations, etc.)
Comment by Greg Walker on December 1, 2010 at 4:30pm
These are first year College students at Leeward Community College. I currently focus on Windows, MS Office and the use of web applications such as Google Apps. I'm looking for feedback on what employers consider as crucial digital literacies. For example "how to scrutinize information in an age when filtering the pertinent from the misleading is so crucial." Would this be considered a critical literacy?
Comment by Cameron Souza on December 1, 2010 at 3:53pm
What type of workers are you training? Administrative? If so I would cover proficiency with Windows, MS Office and the use of web applications such as Google Apps.


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